FRIDAY, APRIL 26 – CLOSING DAY

·         KENTUCKY DERBY HOPEFUL MASTER FENCER (JPN) SPENDING A FEW DAYS AT KEENELAND

·         PRETTY FACE JUST PART OF JAYWALK’S CHARM FOR SERVIS

·         GALLOPING OUT

·         KEENELAND TO HOST OAKS, DERBY ACTIVITIES FOR FANS

·         SPECIAL EVENTS

·         SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

KENTUCKY DERBY HOPEFUL MASTER FENCER (JPN)

SPENDING A FEW DAYS AT KEENELAND

Katsumi and Yasuyo Yoshizawa’s Master Fencer (JPN) – who in eight days could become the first horse bred in Japan to race in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) – arrived at Keeneland about 6 p.m. Thursday to continue preparations for the 145th running of the $3 million race at Churchill Downs.

Master Fencer came to Keeneland, said shipping agent/manager Mitsuoki Numamoto, to give him a quiet atmosphere in the days following his first international trip.

The colt is to leave for Churchill on Monday, when the owners and trainer Koichi Tsunoda are scheduled to arrive in Louisville.

While at Keeneland, Master Fencer is expected to perform only light training.

“(Exercise rider Yosuke Kono) wants him to get used to the American circumstances – horses, track and so forth,” Numamoto said.

On Friday about 6:45 a.m., Master Fencer and Kono were on Keeneland’s 5-furlong all-weather training track and galloped twice around by themselves before jogging about 1½ times around with a lead pony.

Master Fencer, who has two wins in six career starts, earned Derby qualifying points in two races that are part of the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby. He was fourth in the 1-mile Hyacinth Stakes at Tokyo on Feb. 17 and turned in a fast-closing runner-up finish in the 1 1/8-mile Fukuryu Stakes at Nakayama on March 31. He is the lone Triple Crown-nominated horse in the top four on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby.

The colt’s journey to the Kentucky Derby continued when he flew from Tokyo, stopped in Anchorage, Alaska, and arrived in Chicago early Monday afternoon. He spent the next 42 hours in mandatory quarantine at Arlington Park near Chicago and yesterday was vanned seven hours to Keeneland.

“He’s surprisingly laid back given the fact he’s never traveled abroad before,” said Kate Hunter, Japan-based recruiter for Churchill Downs and the Triple Crown. Hunter also is the Japan representative for Keeneland sales.

Master Fencer represents the first crop by Japanese champion Just a Way, a grandson of 1989 Kentucky Derby winner Sunday Silence. Katsumi Yoshizawa, a frequent patron of Keeneland sales, purchased the colt’s dam, Sexy Zamurai, by Deputy Minister, for $110,000 at Keeneland’s 2005 September Yearling Sale. Out of the stakes-winning Broad Brush mare Powder, Sexy Zamurai is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner One Caroline.

Master Fencer’s fourth dam is 1995 Broodmare of the Year Northern Sunset (IRE).



PRETTY FACE JUST PART OF JAYWALK’S CHARM FOR SERVIS

While shopping for racing prospects at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, trainer John Servis and bloodstock adviser Jim McGreevy agreed that Hip 2109 would be an excellent addition to Leonard Green’s D.J. Stable. The gray filly had landed on both of their wish lists after each had scouted prospects.

The youngster, bred by Gainesway Thoroughbreds and consigned by Gainesway, agent, has made a name for herself as Jaywalk. The daughter of Cross Traffic was last year’s champion 2-year-old filly in a season highlighted by a triumph in the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs. Jaywalk was third in the Central Bank Ashland (G1) at Keeneland on April 6 and is one of the favorites for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill next Friday.

Servis vividly recalls his first meeting with Jaywalk, saying her face was the first attraction.

“A lot of people don’t realize it, but when a horse walks out of the barn, the first thing you look at is their head,” he said. “You can tell right away if a horse has a smart head. She had a feminine head that went along with her body.”

Servis said Jaywalk was of average size and he liked her balanced build, but her walk sealed the deal. She had a certain swagger that is difficult to explain but is easily recognizable to astute horsemen.

Servis estimated the filly was worth $150,000, but Green willingly went to $190,000 as they sat together in the Sales Pavilion.

After Jaywalk was runner-up in her career debut at Monmouth Park in June 2018, Green sold a partial ownership interest to Chuck Zacney’s Cash is King. Jaywalk has banked $1.4 million while winning four of seven starts.

While Servis operates his stable at Parx near Philadelphia, Jaywalk has been at Keeneland since March 26 under the supervision of his son, Tyler. The younger Servis obtained his first career victory as a trainer at Keeneland on April 12.

“He has done a great job with my few horses and one of his own to train,” Servis said. “He has been on top of everything and done well with the media. He is very relaxed doing interviews. I am very proud of him.”

GALLOPING OUT

Trainer Geoff Mulcahy earned his first Keeneland victory when Glencrest Farm’s Eyes On won Thursday’s fourth race. Ridden by Declan Cannon, the 4-year-old Macho Uno colt won the 6-furlong race by 1 length in 1:12.62.

KEENELAND TO HOST OAKS, DERBY ACTIVITIES FOR FANS

Keeneland will be open the first Friday and Saturday of May for fans to enjoy special activities while they watch and wager on Thoroughbred racing action headlined by the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (G1) and May 4 Kentucky Derby (G1) from Churchill Downs.

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Reserved dining options, including Corporate Suites and the Lafayette Room, are available on the two days. Fans also are welcome to create their own picnic-style celebration throughout the grounds.

Each Corporate Suite offers private space and a lunch buffet for up to 16 guests. Bar services and snacks are available for order. For more information, contact Keeneland Hospitality Business Development Manager Morgan Whitney at 859 288-4322 or mwhitney@keeneland.com.

Premium dining is available for Derby Day by reserving a table in one of Keeneland’s dining rooms. A lunch buffet is included. For more information, call 859 288-4299 or email customerservice@keeneland.com.

On Oaks Day, Keeneland will present a new event, Oaks Brunch on the Lawn.

From 8:30-11 a.m. on the picturesque Keeneland Clubhouse Lawn, guests will enjoy signature cocktails, live music and gourmet twists on traditional brunch dishes thoughtfully prepared by Keeneland Executive Chef Marc Therrien. A handicapping seminar for the Oaks and Derby will begin at 10 a.m.

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Here are additional details about the two days:

Drive-Thru Wagering on Oaks and Derby Days will be located behind the Keeneland Entertainment Center. Fans are encouraged to enter Gate 1 (on Versailles Road at Man o’ War Blvd.) and turn right at The Meadow to access Drive-Thru Wagering.

Advance wagering: On May 2, advance wagering on the Oaks and Derby Day full cards from Churchill begins at Red Mile at 12:15 p.m. On May 3, advance wagering on the Derby full card and Oak/Derby Double is available at Keeneland and Red Mile.

May 3 Oaks Day:

·         Drive-Thru Wagering is available from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at its new location behind the Entertainment Center.

·         Gates open at 9 a.m. General admission and parking are free.

·         Mutuel windows in the Grandstand and at Red Mile open at 10 a.m.

·         Patrons may bring foldable tables and chairs to use in the general admission areas of the Paddock and Grandstand. Coolers are permitted but are subject to inspection. (Alcohol, tents, canopies, grills, glass and pets not permitted inside the admission gates.) Click here for more information.

·         Party in the Paddock Presented by Bud Light from 4-7 pm. features drink specials and live music.

·         Approximate post time for the Oaks is 6:12 p.m.

May 4 Derby Day:

·         Drive-Thru Wagering is available from 7 a.m. at its new location behind the Entertainment Center until the approximate Derby post time of 6:50 p.m.

·         Gates open at 9 a.m. General admission is $5. Parking is free.

·         Patrons may bring foldable tables and chairs to use in the general admission areas of the Paddock and Grandstand. Coolers are permitted but are subject to inspection. (Alcohol, tents, canopies, grills, glass and pets not permitted inside the admission gates.) Click here for more information.

·         Mutuel windows in the Grandstand, on The Hill and at Red Mile open at 10 a.m.

·         The Hill is open for tailgating from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with a big screen to watch the races and wagering locations.

·         Activities at the track include live music in the Paddock, children’s activities presented by the Keeneland Kids Club and a Derby hat contest.

·         Approximate post time for the Kentucky Derby is 6:50 p.m.

Through Keeneland Select, fans can wager online anywhere using their computers and phones. People who sign up receive $100 back in their account if they wager $300 in the first 30 days. Keeneland Select members also are eligible for exclusive Keeneland rewards.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Keeneland Library is one of the world’s largest repositories of information related to the Thoroughbred. In its exhibit “Herbert Haseltine: The Gold Standard,” visitors will see two prominent works from the latter period of the acclaimed sculptor of the early 20th century: “The Thoroughbred Horse” and “Portrait of the Racehorse Tom Fool.” The exhibit “From the Vault: Jockeys” features 26 images dating from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century from the Library’s archive of more than 1 million negatives and photographic prints. Varied memorabilia from Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Arcaro, Ted Atkinson and Bill Shoemaker accompany the photographs. The Library is open weekdays at no charge from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Official Keeneland ToursKeeneland offers a selection of year-round, guided racing and sales tours.

SPRING MEET LEADERS

 

Through April 25 (15 days of 16-day season)

 

 

Jockey

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Javier Castellano

33

14

7

4

$1,905,914

Tyler Gaffalione

85

14

7

12

$1,093,655

Florent Geroux

74

14

14

5

$894,357

Luis Saez

65

13

10

7

$797,250

Joel Rosario

49

12

7

6

$672,725

Brian Hernandez Jr.

76

11

9

12

$840,940

John Velazquez

44

11

10

9

$638,727

 

 

Trainer

Starts

Wins

2nd

3rd

Purses

Wesley Ward

35

10

7

4

$576,369

Chad Brown

26

9

8

3

$859,754

Brad Cox

24

9

6

0

$564,982

Ian Wilkes

28

6

2

1

$363,692

Brendan Walsh

25

6

2

4

$237,896

 

 

Owner

Wins

e Five Racing Thoroughbreds (Robert J. Edwards Jr.)

3

Hronis Racing (Kosta Hronis)

3

Juddmonte Farms (Khalid Abdullah)

3

Three Diamonds Farm (Kirk Wycoff)

3